But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. John 4:23 NLT
Study of Revelation 22:6-11
Revelation Lesson 29 Day 2
3. A. Every word of God proves true; Proverbs 30:5
Because God is trustworthy and true.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 2 Timothy 3:16 MSG
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver];
He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.
B. Evidence that every word of God proves true
When a journalist asked Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the mother of modern atheism in the US, to explain her stance concerning God, she responded, “There is no God. There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There are no angels. When you die, you go in the ground; the worms eat you.”
—According to one source, the Bible contains 353 fulfilled prophecies.
—The prophecy about King Cyrus is astounding. Isaiah 44:28; 45:1-7
Humanly speaking, the Bible was written by approximately 40 men of diverse backgrounds over the course of 1500 years. Isaiah was a prophet, Ezra was a priest, Matthew was a tax-collector, John was a fisherman, Paul was a tentmaker, Moses was a shepherd, Luke was a physician. Source
—Throughout both testaments, the writers quote and refer to other portions of scripture.
—Discoveries by archaeologists prove its historical accuracy.
—Discoveries by science also confirm its accuracy.
—The Dead Sea Scrolls found in eleven caves between 1946 and 1956 confirm the accuracy of the Old Testament handed down to us over the centuries.
—Probability of anyone fulfilling 300+ prophecies written down by many writers over centuries—
- 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000
- 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power
- 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus! (Source)
4. Blessed means “happy, prosperous and to be admired” (AMP)
We have the “right” (Greek, “privilege” or “lawful authority over”) the tree of life not because of our works, but due to what He has done for us. The right, or privilege, is founded, not on our merits, but on God’s grace. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
5. A. An angel warns John to worship only God.
The angel warned John, “No you don’t! I’m a servant just like you and your companions, the prophets, and all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” MSG
Worship in this question seems to refer to a time of singing with others at a gathering.
“Worship means to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1828).
Singing, dancing, bowing or praying are optional. So, technically, we are either worshiping or we’re not.
I turn my heart toward Him frequently during the day and night. I also listen to “worship music” of my own choosing at home. Often, a phrase or melody catches my attention, and I stop what I’m doing, close my eyes or raise my hands or dance as I turn my affection toward Him.
For most of my life, even as a child, I was a church musician of some sort. I played a variety of instruments, sang, filled in as choir director, and led worship sometimes. Most of that felt more like work than worship.
My dad was what most now call a worship leader. Back then, his title was “music director”. That’s really what he did. My mom was a musician also. So the conversations at home revolved around how it went from a technical perspective.
My husband and many others don’t enjoy singing. For years, he ran the soundboard. He was working during “worship”.
Recent distractions and thoughts during the designated time to worship:
Granddaughter asks to get a drink of water. I’m distracted while I wait for her to return. When she doesn’t return in a timely manner, I begin to wonder why. About that time, I notice she is sitting on the platform steps with another child. They are talking. And laughing. (That has happened twice.)
I don’t know this song, and I don’t understand the lyrics.
This key is too high for me. (Usually at BSF. I notice most of the women around me are trying to sing it an octave lower.)
It’s too low for me.
My throat kinda hurts.
Moving down to accommodate latecomers. (I’m not being critical of anyone coming in late. I’m guilty of arriving late sometimes. Things happen.)
The volume is hurting my ears even with my earplugs in. (Over-the-hill musician problem—After years of sitting near all the sound equipment and living in the house with two generations of drummers, my ears are intolerant.)
My elderly dad pokes me to say “I (do like/don’t like/don’t know) this song”.
The follow-up question assumes everyone is doing worship wrong.
Perhaps as the church, we often approach the idea of worship incorrectly. If the people on the platform are trying to put on a show and not truly worshiping, it’s difficult to tune it out. If others around you aren’t worshiping, it’s difficult. If you don’t know the song, or it’s too high, or you have allergies or a cold, it’s hard to sing even when you want to.
Please don’t let these questions or anyone else make you feel guilty. “Worship” music is a very personal thing. The music style, the singers’ style, the volume, etc. can be downright distracting.
I usually have to work at pressing into God’s presence in a corporate setting. Sometimes His presence overwhelms me. I especially love those times. When I try but fail, I believe He is still blessed because I tried.
I found the following quote encouraging:
God has a particularly high threshold of patience with people who are learning His ways and His heart. Jeremy Mangerchine
Wherever you feel close to God, worship Him there. It will become easier for us even in the unfavorable situations.
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson 29 Day 2
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